Callendar House

Falkirk, United Kingdom

Callendar House is a mansion set within the grounds of Callendar Park in Falkirk. During the 19th century, it was redesigned and extended in the style of a French Renaissance château fused with elements of Scottish baronial architecture. However, the core of the building is a 14th-century tower house.

The house lies on the line of the 2nd-century Antonine Wall, built by the Romans from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth. In the 12th century Thanes Hall or Thane House, located to the east of the present house, was one of the seats of the Callander family who were Thanes of Callander. In the fourteenth century the 5th Thane Sir Patrick Callander, supported the claim of Edward Balliol to the throne of Scotland. Sir Patrick Callander was later attainted and his estates were forfeited.

During its 600-year history, Callendar House has played host to many prominent historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. The current building is by far the most substantial historical building in the area, with a 91 m frontage. It is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.

The House's permanent displays are The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to the 19th centuries, The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier, and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, tells how the local area was transformed during the first century of the industrial era.

In the restored 1825 Kitchen, costumed interpreters create an exciting interactive experience with samples of early-19th century food providing added taste to stories of working life in a large household.



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Founded: 1877
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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crazyusername0123 (4 months ago)
Really enjoyed our visit. Stopped at the Tea Room for lemon scones and bacon rolls (both were excellent). The house had nice exhibits and we really liked seeing where they filmed Outlander. The grounds and lake nearby were beautiful.
Helen Callow (4 months ago)
What a lovely museum, park and cafe. The staff were so welcoming and gave lots of information.
Dave Holland (5 months ago)
It’s a bit daunting when you pass the high-rise buildings but it’s the right way, keep going until you reach the last car park at the end of the road. We spotted three car parks, so there’s plenty of room, and it’s free. As you walk towards the house there is an information board telling you where everything is. Not all the activities seemed to be in use and we didn’t get to see all of them anyway. There was a toilet block near what looked like a play centre in the grounds, we didn’t visit these. The house is free to enter, you pass through a gift shop to get in. Inside there is a walk through history of the house, the Outlander kitchen, Roman room, Gallery and a children’s activity room. Toilets are available and there is also a small lift. The tea room was excellent and very busy, and the pricing was reasonable. The visit was very interesting and educational, the grounds look perfect for a family picnic when it’s a nice day. We look forward to a return visit for a full day. It’s well worth a trip, loads to see and do.
Nick Hoggan (6 months ago)
Great place, lots histories, lunch and coffee. Very worthy visit.
Joanna Mitchell (7 months ago)
Splendid house in lovely grounds. "Outlander" filmed in kitchen. Lots of Scottish history. Very nice tea room Free entry
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